When Alla Wagner listed her sprawling, lakeside property in Alberta, Canada, she found few buyers willing to bite her $1.7 million listing price. So, she decided to take a different strategy. Now, she’s offering up her home for just $25. The catch? Prospective buyers have to write no more than 350 words detailing exactly how this home would change their life.
For Wagner, owning a home in the country was always a dream, and she has only decided to leave her house for health reasons that have affected her mobility. In a Facebook post, she speaks fondly of her home’s setting and the joy that the property has brought her. “My dream came true, and now waking up in the mornings my first sights are spectacular views from my bedroom windows—whether bright sunny days, clouds rolling across the sky, or a mysterious fog rising from the pond,” she writes. “This area and our home is a writer’s or artist’s paradise!”
The contest to win the home is open until April 5, and entries cost $25. To cover the cost of the home, Wagner will have to receive 68,000 letters to cover the $1.7 million price tag of her home, and five percent of the net proceeds will go to the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.
The 5,000-square-foot property comes complete with three bedrooms, a wine cellar, and lots of ornate molding and woodwork. The style is on the traditional side of the spectrum, but its great structure can be versatile, and a bit of redecorating can make the space feel like home even if the winner has a different design taste. In any case, this home is already full of plenty of heart.
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